Former Harrisburg City councilman charged with child pornography

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Former Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski was arrested and is now facing 15 counts of felony child pornography.

A criminal complaint revealed that police received 36 online reports for a total of 43 pictures of child pornography from an IP address on the 2200 block of North 2nd Street.

Police executed a search warrant at the address on Aug. 19, where Koplinski, 51, revealed to police what they were likely looking for was a laptop and several thumb drives.

The attorney general’s office forensics division searched the thumb drives and found 15 images of apparent child pornography and 32 images of child erotica, according to the complaint.

This is not the first time Koplinski has had a run-in with the law. In 2016, the former councilman was arrested in Philadelphia for allegedly stealing several items from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Among others, he received burglary and criminal trespass charges for that incident.

According to court documents, Koplinski’s preliminary arraignment was Friday at 12:30 p.m. before Magisterial District Judge Hanif Johnson, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

Koplinski was also a candidate for the Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014, where he failed to win the nomination.

This is a developing story. ABC27 News will provide more information as it becomes available.

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